'As Much Trash As Fish In The Sea By 2050' His Artwork Helps Us To Understand
Many people think of beach trash as an unfortunate eyesore. But Barry Rosenthal, who spends much of his time on beaches in gloves and knee-high boots, combing through glass, plastic, and other junk, finds artistic inspiration in what others leave behind.
Rosenthal describes himself as a lifelong collector. As a child, he stocked up on baseball cards. And as an adult, he keeps collections of frying pans, clocks, and carnival horses, among others items.
But his main interests as a photographer are plants and other natural subjects. In fact, it was during a plant-finding expedition at a bird sanctuary on Long Beach Island in New Jersey three years ago that he first discovered his interest in trash.